Agencies are always very nervous when they hear about outsourcing development. There is a lot of information floating around about this, and it is very confusing to differentiate between correct and incorrect data. However, you should not fear since EB Pearls is here to alleviate your fears by debunking the common outsourcing misconceptions.
Outsourcing = Lower Quality Work
Although one of the key advantages of outsourcing is the lower costs for your agency, you might look at the lower price tag as a deterrent, equating it with low quality. This is completely warranted since it is more important to get the work done well, than to spend more unnecessarily to fix up problems that arise from bad work.
However, the equation doesn’t have to work out this way. You can have the lower overhead and the high quality if you choose the right development partners. You can check their legitimacy by taking a look at their portfolio. Even if they simply do development work, there should be examples of work that they have done featured on their website or available at your request.
There is no better indication of quality than portfolio work and testimonials from clients. If the outsourcing partner is reputable, there should a multitude of good projects and positive feedback featured. Otherwise, you should be wary of the company.
We Only Want to Focus on our Design Work
“The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.” Confucius
It is completely understandable when agencies are hesitant to expand into development, since it means diverting efforts from the creative process of designing elegant solutions. Having to manage development teams takes time and if something goes wrong, having to deal with this causes even more headache.
But, if you get the right outsourcing team, you will be able to extend your business services to include development, without losing any focus. An established and trustworthy outsourcing partner will have the optimum workflow that integrates seamlessly with yours, so you don’t have to chase two rabbits. You still maintain your vision and offer more value to your clients.
The legalities will be a nightmare to deal with
There may be many legal issues that may concern some agencies, namely intellectual properties, non-disclosure and employment arrangements. You are probably taking on a lot of projects at once and you don’t want to add more unnecessary work to your plate.
No fear! There are alternate solutions. Namely, going through a local liaison for off-shore development. Having correspondents on local soil is definitely a huge plus in terms of having trust in the outsourcing partner and dealing with legal matters. Usually, these companies clarify any legal questions you may have, with firm practices regarding NDAs and IP. Additionally, unlike overseas based outsourcing companies, you have access to dedicated staff locally who will be able to communicate with you if the development team is unavailable.